About the area


Miskolc is situated in the north-eastern part of Hungary at the so-called Miskolc Gate, where the mountains of the Highlands become hills and the Sajó and Hernád rivers flow towards the Great Hungarian Plain. From the Avas hill a beautiful view opens to the surrounding area: to the north the 2,000-meter high peaks of the Tatras, to the south the Great Hungarian Plain, to the west the Bükk Mountains climb over the horizon, and to the east the Tokaj Hill can be seen above the royal wine-district. Here, at the intersection of the two geographical regions, lies today's Miskolc, the 4th largest town in Hungary, with a population of around 200,000.

Living in Miskolc

The price level of Hungary is quite favourable for most visitors coming from other parts of the European Union. According to the Central Statistics Office of Hungary the monthly expenses of an average Hungarian in 2013 (excluding health and housing costs) were around HUF 50,000 ~ €160. Miskolc can be considered cheap even in Hungarian terms. The cost of accommodation in the hostels offered by the university is around €120. A Big-Mac costs HUF 860 (~€2.8) according to The Economist. The price of a beer or a cup of coffee is €1-2, tickets for a music concert typically cost €4-10.


The territory of and around the city was inhabited as early as prehistoric times. The settlement was first mentioned by the name of Miskolc around 1200 AD. King (Anjou) Louis I made Miskolc a market town, and built a gothic castle that still stands in Diósgyőr, which is now a district of the town.

After World War II, up to 1990, this region was the country's main heavy industrial centre. The transition period started in the late 1980s brought serious new problems and challenges to Miskolc, as the major employers in steel and metal production were closed down. Though many of the problems live on, the town has found its place, role and image in the new era. Many multinational companies (Robert Bosch GmbH, Remy Automotive, Sanofi, Shinwa, Takata Safety Systems) have established branches in the Miskolc are, who now employ over 10,000 people in the area.


The famous Cave Bath of Miskolctapolca is just 10 minutes from the university campus. The Diósgyőr Castle is around 10 kilometres away, while Lillafüred is about 20 kilometres from the university. Both the Tokaj and the Eger wine regions are around 40-50 kilometres away from Miskolc, and they can be reached within an hour by bus or train.

The town can boast of a vivid cultural life and offers a wide choice of leisure time activities too. Cinemas and multiplex movies can be found downtown, along Széchenyi Street , in Szinvapark shopping centre and Miskolc Plaza . If you want to have a good meal or just a snack, or to drink something and have a pleasant chat with friends, you will surely bump into a nice restaurant or café.

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At the University of Miskolc (ME) around 10,000 students and appr. 1,500 lecturers and staff live and work together on a self-contained campus. The university also builds strong intellectual and cultural links with the city of Miskolc in order to play a crucial role in the blood circulation of the town and the region, and to form an integral part of the social and economic framework of the city, the region and the country.

The university has the following faculties and institutes:


The predecessor of the University of Miskolc was the school of mining and metallurgy (Bergschule) established by Charles III in Selmecbánya in 1735, which was the world’s first higher education instution giving instruction in these fields (in Freiberg, courses were launched in 1765, in Berlin in 1770, and in St Petersburg in 1773). In 1762, Maria Theresia gave the school academy status (Bergakademie).

From 1846, foresters were also trained in the institution. Later, the Selmec school served as a model for the establishment of European technical colleges. In 1794, Paris Technical University organised its laboratory trainings on the basis of the Selmec system. The world’s first international technical society, in which 14 countries were represented, was founded with the contribution of Selmec professors in Szklenó, not far from Selmecbánya.

Following the Austro-Hungarian compromise in 1867, German was replaced by Hungarian as the language of instruction, and the name of the institution was changed to Magyar Királyi Bányászati és Erdészeti Akadémia (’Royal Hungarian Academy of Mining and Forestry’).

In 1920, as a result of the Trianon peace treaties, Selmec became part of Czechoslovakia so the academy had to move. It was Sopron that gave home to the homeless institution. Act No. XXIII of 1949 of the Hungarian National Assembly ordered that ’in order to enhance higher education in technology, a university of heavy industry be established in Miskolc. The university shall be divided into the faculties of mining and metallurgical engineering.’ Thus, in 1949, the university consisting of the Faculties of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, moved from Sopron, and the newly founded Faculty of Mechanical Enginering was established in Miskolc.

The first day of instruction was 18 September, 1949.

As of 1 July, 1990, the name of the university was changed to University of Miskolc (Hungarian abbreviation: ME).

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Arrival to Hungary

By Air

You will arrive at 2A or 2B terminal of Liszt Ferenc Airport. You are advised to take the Airport-Downtown shuttle (minibus service)  from the airport to Keleti Railway station.

Another possibility is to take the door-to-door shuttle service (e.g. Agora) from the airport to E6 hostel. Reservations need to be made in advance, and can be made on-line.

By Train

You will probably arrive in Budapest at either Keleti or Nyugati Railway Stations (East or West Railway Stations). Both of them are located in the city centre. Trains to Miskolc start from Keleti, so if you arrive at Nyugati, you have to take the underground to get to Keleti (5 stops, changing from the blue line to the red line at Deák tér).

From Budapest to Miskolc

By train

There are InterCity trains running from Keleti railway station to Miskolc in every hour. Travel time: approx. 2 hours, without stopping (or with one stop).
Further information on train timetables: ELVIRA.


It is cheaper than the train as you share the mini bus with other people.


From Miskolc Tiszai Railway Station to the University

By taxi

You will arrive at Tiszai railway station. To take a taxi is the best and easiest way to get to the university.
Travel fare: * HUF 2000  (€7).

By  public transport

Numbered buses run in all directions across the city, and even beyond the city borders. Another means of transport is the tram (No. 1 and 2), running along the East-West axis of the town.
This is the route guide for how you can get from TISZAI railway station to the university:




It takes about 30 minutes to get to the university. You can buy tickets at the railway station (300 HUF), or from the driver on the vehicle (400 HUF). You can ask your Hungarian mentor student to meet you at the station. However, if you have to find your way to the university on your own, please follow this route guide (or take a taxi), but do not get on any other buses.

Address of the Student Hostel:  Miskolci Egyetem, Miskolc-Egyetemváros (which means University of Miskolc, Miskolc-Campus), there is no specific street name or house number. The number of your hostel is E/6.

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